Sumito Sakamoto

Sumiko Sakamoto (坂本スミ子, Sakamoto Sumiko) was born on November 26, 1936 in Osaka, Japan. Sakamoto is a singer and award-winning actress whose heartfelt performances made her a favorite of the late film director Shohei Imamura. Imamura cast her in three of his films: The Pornographers, Warm Water Under a Red Bridge, and The Ballad of Narayama, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. She won the award for Japanese Best Actress from Nihon Academy for her performance in The Ballad of Narayama, as well as a kiss from Orson Welles.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1936 (Higashisumiyoshi-ku)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1961

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca Z 11401 between 1959-1961 Corazon de melon Arrow Latin Group ; Sumito Sakamoto vocalist  


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